Choice / Discussions

What is the best choice for me, HRV or ERV?

I have a newly constructed 2000 sq ft home with Natural gas In floor Radiant heat. With the most updated energy codes. We are just looking for the best air exc...

Posted by John Oakes Jan. 10, 2020, 11:04 p.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

Spray Foam for basements, which of the different types are best environmentally?

We are looking to finish our basement next spring and one builder suggested using spray foam insulation as he says it's a good choice for insulating and sealin...

Posted by Rose Adams Jan. 9, 2020, 9:33 a.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

What is the best type of radiant floor heating for a garage?

...choice? Do you suggest electric wires or tubes with glycol? Is there a difference in cost for install or running it? Good question, but a tough one, so I’ll sta...

Posted by J.F. March 24, 2017, 11:14 a.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 Responses

Should I replace my skylights with solar tubes?

...choice energy wise -if I were starting a new build, that's what I would choose. But do you think that I should close in my skylights and replace them with tubes...

Posted by Elizabeth Brown Nov. 30, 2018, 9:32 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

How well do Legalett slab on grades work?

...choice to avoid sump pump and optimze accessibility. However -- we can't seem to find evidence that this concept has gotten traction over the years in Ontario, ...

Posted by Steve Sykes Aug. 18, 2019, 3:21 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Do I need to insulate under the footings of a frost protected shallow foundation?

...choice of insulation, why XPS (extruded polystyrene)? EPS (expanded polystyrene) is a lot less harmful in terms of green house gas emissions during manufacturin...

Posted by Jon Piana April 15, 2019, 8:45 a.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

What do I in my basement where new insulation meets old?

...choice but it works) or you can cut pieces of foam boards and place them between the joists and seal them with acoustic seal. The acoustic seal can be messy to ...

Posted by Steve J July 20, 2019, 10:01 p.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses

Basement reno - How do I effectively insulate my basement?

...choice Header/Rim Joist: Not sure... Since this is above grade, but in the basement, how do I layer this and tie it into the wall insulation method described ...

Posted by Steve J Feb. 13, 2019, 10:25 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses

How do you do insulation the outside of a log home?

...choice as any inconsistencies in the surface of the logs and chinking could leave it loose and at risk of larger holes forming when you attach the insulation. I...

Posted by Michael Hickey Aug. 2, 2018, 6:03 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What are the options for radiant heat with a slab on grade?

...choice of systems mostly on cost and ease of installation, along with design considerations of the house. Warmboard sounds like a system worth considering if ...

Posted by August Wehrmann Feb. 3, 2019, 6:52 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 Responses

Can you use spray foam Insulation under a slab?

new house. Can we insulate under slab with foam polyurethane. If not, why? When building a slab on grade, EPS rigid foam insulation is the most common choice o...

Posted by Linda Martin April 6, 2020, 11:54 a.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

What are your thoughts on a Yurt for colder climates?

...choice you're either into or you aren't. If you like camping and living in a cozy place, and you have very little money but your own plot of land, this is a gre...

Posted by Lexy Cara Jan. 23, 2020, 1:39 p.m. Tiny house 1 Responses

What is the best way to finish a concrete floor?

...choice would be to use silicate sealants, which are effectively a liquid glass you spread over the floor and then burnish into the concrete. They are non-toxic ...

Posted by Steven P. Aug. 17, 2017, 3:04 p.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

What is the best way to seal around windows?

...choice due partly to it’s composition of being largely recycled, but also that it handles exposure to moisture well. I would suggest you pull out any thing that...

Posted by Bryan Squirrell Oct. 8, 2019, 8:53 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

What is the best way to make a row house in Montreal Quebec more energy efficient?

...choice for a couple of reasons – it can be a real headache doing that compared to laying tubes in concrete, and as long as the home is a comfortable temperature...

Posted by Elizabeth Brown Feb. 26, 2019, 9:09 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

Is it worth investing in triple-pane windows?

...choice of frame materials, we prefer fiberglass or a combination of wood and exterior aluminum for reasons performance, durability and limiting environmental im...

Posted by K.P. July 8, 2017, 12:39 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

How does a Passive House handle floods?

...choice. The design and construction could still meet PH efficiency levels if you like but it would also ensure that it is inspected by an independent third part...

Posted by Wendy Tsao May 7, 2018, 12:46 p.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

What is the optimal setup for mechanical systems for slab on grade?

...choice for you; here is our page on choosing between an HRV and ERV The Edelweiss House (where we installed the mini-split heat pump for heating and cooling )...

Posted by Dave Nuttall July 6, 2019, 9:42 a.m. Mechanical systems 1 Responses